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DOE Presents Proposed Budget by maliab
January 16, 2011, 3:05 pm
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By Malia Hill

The Hawaii Department of Education has presented its proposed budget of $1.4 billion for the 2011-2013 school years.  For those who wonder what Hawaii’s students are getting for that expenditure, considering that Hawaii’s test scores (including mere passing rates on the basic skills test for entry to the military) lag behind other states, there seems little promise that the state is heading toward the kind of revolution in education that would mean improved student performance . . . or at least a better cost-benefit ratio.  Hawaii has one of the nation’s highest per-pupil spending ratios, with approximately $11,060 spent per student in 2007.  And yet, we remain in the lower half of performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

In addition, the DOE’s proposal dedicates approximately $86 million to avoid employee furloughs over the next two years, and is looking to cover a $20 million shortfall in bus transportation and $2 million for nursing services.

Curious about what the DOE has been spending money on?  Don’t forget to check out the expenditure data on


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Thanks, Malia! Do you know how many students are in DOE? Would be interesting to divide $1.4B by that number to get the REAL spending per student.

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